Protect your memory... even if it's already slipping!
It's the brain-boosting breakthrough that every senior has been waiting for!
New research reveals what may be the ultimate key to protecting your memory as you get older.
This simple, safe, and inexpensive natural compound can help you keep sharp... even if you already feel like you're starting to slip.
More importantly, it can also protect against the damage that leads to Alzheimer's disease.
The answer is a funky little ingredient with an even funkier little name.
It's called curcumin, and it's the natural pigment locked inside the spice turmeric, which is used to give so many Indian foods their distinct yellowish tinge.
If you eat plenty of curry, then odds are good that you're getting plenty of curcumin.
If -- like most Americans -- you're not, you can also find it in a capsule, which is how it was tested in a new study of older folks suffering from the worrying signs of cognitive problems.
These folks between the ages of 50 and 90 didn't have dementia, but all of them had the mild memory loss that can be so frustrating and frightening as you get older.
Some were given 90 milligrams of curcumin twice a day, while the rest took a placebo.
Over the next year and a half, the folks who got the fake stuff continued to struggle with their memories.
But not the folks who took the curcumin.
They not only suffered LESS decline in their memory... they actually IMPROVED!
Over those 18 months, their scores on memory tests jumped by 28 percent.
There's no drug in the world that can promise that benefit! But curcumin can, and that's not all it can do.
Mood and memory are closely linked. When one slips, the other often follows along... and when one improves, so does the other.
That's exactly what happened here, as the seniors who took the curcumin also had boosts in mood over those 18 months.
That's already impressive, but the changes under the hood are even more amazing.
Brain scans revealed that the folks taking the supplements developed fewer junky proteins in the brain, including the amyloid and tau accumulations linked to dementia and Alzheimer's.
The benefit was concentrated right where you want it: in the amygdala and hypothalamus, or the regions of the brain that act as the control center for both memory and mood.
Believe it or not, that's still not all curcumin can do.
The new study focused on brain health, but curcumin is also a powerful anti-inflammatory that can ease pain, protect joints, improve your cardiovascular health, and more.
If you're not into Indian food, you can make like the folks in the study and take a supplement.
And for some one-on-one help with keeping sharp as you get older, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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